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Newsflash: Shelby GT500 Convertible to Roll

Ford announces plans to build a cloth-top Cobra

by Autobytel Staff
October 10, 2005

Long before the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 coupe has hit showrooms, Ford has announced that they will also produce a convertible version, which is sure to be the most powerful Mustang convertible in the company’s history. According to Ford, the new Cobra GT500 Convertible will produce more than 450 horsepower and more than 450 lb.-ft. of torque by supercharging the 5.4 liter “MOD” V-8, and will add about 125 lbs. of weight from structural reinforcements. Built by Shelby and the Ford SVT team, the Shelby GT500 convertible will also carry the traditional Shelby rocker panel stripe with the GT500 designation. For the first time ever on a SVT Mustang, the front grille will feature an off-center snake in place of the traditional running horse. Updated snake logos will adorn the sides of the front fenders and a gas cap centered between the taillights will feature the Shelby GT500 logo centered on the Cobra image. The Shelby Cobra GT500 convertible will also feature a cloth top, which Ford says is thicker and more durable than the vinyl used on the other models. We can’t imagine running the Cobra GT500 with the top up, but then again it does rain in other parts of the country.

Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company


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